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The owners of a Honduras-flagged tanker that was hijacked off Malaysia on Friday have re-established contact with the vessel, but its whereabouts remain unclear.

A barge being towed by the 2004-built tug, Manyplus 12, which went missing on 13 June  between Sibu and Port Klang in Malaysia has been found with the 11 crew from the tug.

 

The recent spate of pirate attacks off Southeast Asian waters has stoke fears that vital shipping lanes are again threatened by high-sea crimes.

Indonesia will demarcate designated safe anchorages within some ports in an effort to tackle the issue of piracy in national waters.

Liberia-flagged oil tanker Fair Artemis, missing for a week off West Africa following a pirate attack has been found emptied of its cargo.

The 12,000 dwt vessel, last reported off Togo at time of writing with crew unharmed, had lost contact with manager Fairdeal Group after sending a distress call off Ghana at 1800 GMT on June 4.

“So far we can say that the ship was boarded by a number of pirates, who have stolen the cargo and other items on the vessel,” said Fairdeal fleet director John Gray. “We have spoken to the captain of the vessel and are delighted to say that everyone on board is safe, and the families and appropriate authorities have been contacted.

“We would like to express our thanks to all the organisations who have worked to help find the vessel and for the support we have received from everyone involved.”

UK ministers for Shipping and the Armed Forces published its first National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS) at the UK Chamber of Shipping yesterday.

 

The number of piracy attacks worldwide in the first quarter of the year was at its lowest level since 2007 according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

It has now emerged that the three top officers of the tanker Naniwa Maru 1, which attacked by pirates this week, are believed to be working in cooperation with the pirates.

The Standard Club has praised Bimco’s adaptation of its Guardcon contract for use in security arrangements off West Africa.

Two British nationals continue to be held by Nigerian authorities without charge since 21 March, despite local 48 hour charge or release laws.

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